Dance in Poetry: An International Anthology of Poems on Dance

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The only book of its kind, this anthology of poems about dance puts forward several interrelated ideas: that poetry is itself a form that resembles dance, that the difficulties of writing about dance in prose are avoided in poetry, and that dance is a "language" that crosses cultures and centuries. Selections include Leonard Cohen's "Last Dance at the Four Penny," Babette Deutsche's "Ballet School," Li-Po's "Dancing Girl," Howard Nemerov's "The Dancer's Reply," Arthur Rimbaud's "Gibbet Dance," Anne Sexton's "How ...

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Overview

The only book of its kind, this anthology of poems about dance puts forward several interrelated ideas: that poetry is itself a form that resembles dance, that the difficulties of writing about dance in prose are avoided in poetry, and that dance is a "language" that crosses cultures and centuries. Selections include Leonard Cohen's "Last Dance at the Four Penny," Babette Deutsche's "Ballet School," Li-Po's "Dancing Girl," Howard Nemerov's "The Dancer's Reply," Arthur Rimbaud's "Gibbet Dance," Anne Sexton's "How We Danced," and Yevgeny Yevtushenko's "Doing the Twist on Nails." Short profiles of the poets and sources for their poems are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871272843
  • Publisher: Princeton Book Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alkis Raftis is vice president of the International Organization of Folk Art and president of the Dora Stratou Greek Dance Theatre in Athens.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 13
Invitation to the Dance 17
On a Dancing-Girl 19
Dance Piece 20
"At Henry's bier ..." 21
King David Dances 22
The Little Dancers 23
The Bear on the Delhi Road 24
Of Dancing 26
The Waltz 29
The Dancer 32
My Dance 33
The Dancers of Huai-nan 34
Last Dance at the Four Penny 36
The Green Corn Dance 38
The Dance 40
For Nijinsky's Tomb 41
To Portapovitch 42
Ballet School 43
To a Dancer 44
"I cannot dance ..." 45
To a Black Dancer 46
The Gertrude Hoffmann Girls 47
from The Bacchae chorus 48
Dancer, How Do You Dare? 49
Pavlova in London 50
A Round 52
"They Danced by the Roadside" 53
Hippolytus the Bad Dancer 55
Reminiscences of a Dancing Man 56
The Ballet 57
The Dance at the Phoenix 58
An Old Dancer 64
Dream Variation 66
New Mexican Mountain 67
The Dancers 68
from The Art of Dancing 69
The Dance of the Centaurs 71
Dancing 72
Song of the Initiate 73
To Dance in a Loving Ring 74
Martha Graham 75
Tarantella 76
The Lonely Dancer 77
Dance Memories 80
The Dancing Girl 81
Gratiana Dancing & Singing 82
Poet to Ballerina 83
Ballet 84
The Child Dancing 85
The Harlem Dancer 86
For the Dancer. Fred Herko 87
The English Dancers--II 89
The Foreign Dancers 90
Dialogue at the Ballet 92
Watching the Dance 93
Pan Tadeusz or the Las Foray... 94
For David Mercer 98
What to Do if You Meet Nijinsky 99
Pavlova Dead 101
Arthur Mitchell 102
Steps for a Dancer 103
The Dancer's Reply 104
The Priest's Curse on Dancing 105
The May Day Dancing 107
Folk Dance at Shinto Shrine 109
Celeste Dancing 110
A Piper 111
Going to the Mountains ... 112
Dance Figure 113
To a Friend Writing on Cabaret Dancers 114
"Ballroom" 117
My Dancin'-Days Is over 118
from Sonnets to Orpheus 121
Spanish Dancer 123
Gibbet Dance 124
My Papa's Waltz 126
The Dance 127
The Dancer 128
Pannyra 129
Lines Written for Gene Kelly ... 130
Dancer 132
Isadora Duncan 133
Vaudeville Dancer 134
Nijinski 135
The Red Dance 137
How We Danced 139
The Bayaderes 140
The Last Dance 143
Castanets 144
Egyptian Dancer at Shubra 145
The Nymphs and Graces Dancing ... 146
At the Klamath Berry Festival 148
The Dancer 149
Egyptian Dancer 150
To Mme Kossowska in a Dance 152
Nijinsky 154
Isadora Duncan Dancing 155
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